Gareth Bale has said that he still checks Tottenham’s results first every weekend because he still has affection for the team.
In the summer of 2007, Bale moved from Southampton to Tottenham as a teenager. Over the following six years, he developed into one of the best players in the Premier League.
The winger was acquired by Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for what was then a World Cup record fee of £85 million (BBC Sport). While at the Santiago Bernabeu, he won three La Liga championships and five Champions League crowns.
The 2020–21 season saw Bale make an emotional loan return to Tottenham, and although not being a regular starter under Jose Mourinho, he nevertheless finished the year with 16 goals across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Gareth Bale still keeps an eye on Tottenham Hotspur
After the World Cup last year, the 33-year-old announced his retirement from professional football. Since then, he has spoken about his love for Spurs, confessing in an interview with The Evening Standard last month that he is pleased to see that the Lilywhites have regained their “style” under Ange Postecoglou.
Bale has since revealed to Sky Sports News (06/10) which outcomes he currently prioritizes: “I generally watch Tottenham a lot. Obviously, I’m quite near.
“In terms of the top level, I felt like I truly made my mark in the professional game. I constantly search for Tottenham. There, I have a lot of close pals.
It is a terrible shame that Bale’s reunion with Spurs was marred by Jose Mourinho and the absence of spectators at the game because of Covid. It’s encouraging to observe that the winger still cares about the team despite his or her experience.
Rio Ferdinand in no doubt over Premier League’s “best value for money” signing this season
With a 1-0 victory over Luton in Saturday’s early game, Tottenham topped the Premier League standings, and Rio Ferdinand was all praise for their star player.
James Maddison received praise from Rio Ferdinand after helping Tottenham score the winning goal at Luton on Saturday.
After Yves Bissouma was dismissed just before halftime, Micky van de Ven’s goal propelled Spurs to the top of the Premier League standings. Ange Postecoglou’s team improved to six wins in eight games, while Maddison rose to the top of the top flight’s assists leaderboard.
In order to set up Van de Ven to score, Maddison took advantage of a short corner by outrunning his defender and advancing to the byline. He has already given Spurs five assists in the Premier League, and Ferdinand on TNT Sports lavished praise on him.
Many Spurs supporters “would’ve been freaking out and losing sleep over Harry Kane’s departure,” he claimed. And to think you could replace Madison for £40 million in the present market at that price. He must be one of the season’s top value-for-money signings at this point. He has contributed to everything, including the majority of assists this season and the most chances generated.
Tottenham captain Son Heung-min was quick to call attention to his teammate’s underappreciated talent, despite the fact that his seven goal involvements in eight games had garnered the most attention. Maddison, I believe, contributes so much to us offensively, unlike Harry, who plays higher, he remarked.
Also, I believe that people are aware of his talent for creating several opportunities for himself to score and assist. But I believe he is working extremely hard off the ball. We want to play at a high level, therefore he motivates the group even more. We won’t act in the same manner if he doesn’t run like the other players.
“He’s doing what he’s being asked to do,” said Ferdinand. “Nine times out of 10, when he receives the ball, he makes the right choice, the perfect pass, and he’s hanging onto and releasing it at the appropriate time. His timing and sense of the game are elite.
Peter Crouch, a former Tottenham striker, stated: “I think he is relishing being the main guy. He’s been given the freedom to lead this team, in my opinion. He is an incredible class act, and every time I watch him play, he amazes me with how talented he is.
And it’s not just the assists; I predict that this season, with [Kevin] De Bruyne sidelined by injury, he’ll walk the assists; it’s also the vital passes. He’s always looking ahead. He is extremely good because of his vision, awareness, and ability to execute those passes.
Tottenham has amassed 20 points in its first eight Premier League contests this year. Since winning all eight of their opening games in 1960–1961, it is their best league season start.